Are there other options for kidney failure, such as dialysis?


Dialysis removes waste products from the body but it cannot replace all of the functions of a normal kidney. People living with ARPKD typically will undergo dialysis before a transplant. To further supplement dialysis, some important hormones that the kidney produces can be taken by pill or injection. Often, tube feeding is required when a small child is undergoing dialysis to ensure adequate nourishment for growth. Transplantation is usually a better long-term treatment than dialysis.